Cariloha is the only retailer in Hawaii selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.
KAUAI, HAWAII – With almost 7 million private businesses in America, Cariloha is the only one that offers an entire store experience that revolves completely around bamboo-based products. Cariloha’s hats, shirts, polos, dresses, shorts, skirts, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, jewelry and more are all made from unique bamboo blends.
To celebrate its emergence into the Hawaiian scene, Cariloha is hosting a grand-opening party on November 25 at the store, located in the Poipu Shopping Village at 2360 Kaihuna Plantation Drive in Koloa near Poipu Beach, which was recently voted America’s Best Beach by The Travel Channel.
The Cariloha retail establishment doesn’t claim to be the ‘greenest’ store on the planet; rather a step in the right direction. “We believe Cariloha’s dedication to the regeneration of bamboo resources illustrates our commitment to helping grow the Hawaiian economy,” says store owner, Stephanie Davis. “In fact, all store guests will receive a free bamboo Lei, and a percentage of the first months profits will be donated to the Hawaiian chapter of the American Bamboo Society.”
Davis says the name, Cariloha, derives from blending Caribbean style with Hawaiian aloha spirit, which is then embodied by the store’s exclusive collection of bamboo products and island-inspired wares that attract Hawaiian visitors looking to capture picturesque Kauai memories. Cariloha Kauai staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of their shirts, bed sheets, towels, and hand bags for themselves.
Bamboo apparel is twice as soft to touch as cotton, and it keeps you a few degrees cooler, too. When the sun heats up, the bamboo fabric remains cool, despite the hot temperatures. That’s not all – bamboo is naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic and repels odor and skin irritation, which comes in really handy on a hot day at Poipu Beach.
“When you think of bamboo, large green shoots in the jungle somewhere likely come to mind,” said Jeff Pedersen, Cariloha President and CEO. “Not many people know that bamboo can actually be husked and separated into ultra-soft fabric for making apparel and other goods at little-to-no risk on the environment. In fact, some species of bamboo can grow up to 4 feet per day. It’s one of the most renewable resources on the planet.”
Established in 2007, Cariloha is the only retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely outfit with merchandise made of bamboo. The product line features an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first seen out of three, full stores in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and St. Thomas, USVI. Since the first three stores in 2008, Cariloha has already opened stores in nine countries and growing. Cariloha has quickly become one of the fastest-growing merchants promoted on board Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Today, thanks to an ever-growing, rich supply of bamboo, Cariloha continues to offer an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bed and bath sets and more all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.
Flickr photograph of Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii by TLPOSCHARSKY